I had a hard time thinking of what to write for my little weekly roundup intro this week. Usually these just roll off the tips of my fingers, but today – nothing.
And I think I actually know why. It’s because I’ve stopped sleeping. Why sleep when you do things like figure out a schedule for baking all your Valentine’s Day cookie plates, price out ingredients for cupcakes, and talk over details of WordPress software with your much more tech savvy friends. Also, there were some parties this weekend. Just a few. There is no need for sleep when there are so many exciting things on hand. But it does make this writing thing a little . . . difficult.
Recipes I want to try, as found on my late-night Internet searches:
- This rosemary and pine nut tart from Sassy Radish isn’t New Years Resolution friendly, but who cares?
- Moro bread, from The Tipsy Baker. It’s like no-knead bread, but without having to plan a day in advance. In other words, it’s a recipe made for me.
- Bittersweet chocolate cake, scented with orange, and topped with a candied blood orange compote, from The Bitten Word. Actually, I think this is a great flavor combination for a cupcake – or a brownie. Or a molten chocolate cake. Something small and individually sized.
- A baked egg, with a bread crumb and cheese topping. Brilliant! From Pete Bakes!
- A leek and onion galette, from the Arugula Files. Man, it’s been a long time since I made a pastry crust – this really put me in the mood to roll out some dough.
And in other foodie news:
- Anyone want to buy a $3000 ham? Because now you can. Instead of buying a $3000 ham, could I just live the life of the pig that becomes the $3000 ham? I’d like to ” roam freely in the fields of western Spain.” Via NPR.
- Why the Cadbury’s chocolate you buy in the United States suck. Via The Atlantic.
- The Dirty Radish is growing something new – she’s pregnant! And the “sprout” is due July 8.
- Gradually Greener is trying a gluten-free diet for a week – complete with some gluten-free cupcakes.
- Woah. The last week in January is “Meat Week.” How did I not know this? Young and Hungry has a roundup of events and an interview with Capital Spice, who is leading the Meat Week charge. I think I’ll celebrate this in my own way. Like, by making a pizza and topping it with panchetta. Or making empanadas.
- Metrocurean rounds up all the local restaurants doing Haiti fundraisers.
- Thank GOD another restaurant is opening up near my office – we need something more than Guapos. Pete’s Apizza is opening a new location in the Tenlytown/Friendship Heights area. Via Best Bites.